Aurora’s littlest book lovers learned firsthand about their storytime theme, “Community Helpers,” when Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin joined the toddlers and their caregivers to read “This Is My Town” by Mercer Mayer at Aurora Memorial Library.
The mayor, a grandmother to a preschooler, followed the book with a chat about places to go in town and the people who help make Aurora a great place to live. The children, in turn, were happy to tell the mayor about their favorite Aurora destinations, with local restaurants and Sunny Lake topping the list.
Reading aloud to children remains a vital tool for child development. The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research reports that children age four to five who are read to three to five times a week are six months ahead of their peers in terms of reading acumen.
Children who are read to everyday are a year ahead. Reading together is fun and, best of all, it’s never to early nor too late to start.
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Family, friends and angels showed up in force for a recent Kent Stage concert to benefit Christina Mazzotta, a hard-fighting 2005 graduate of Aurora High School.
Tina, as she’s known to everyone, just 26 years old, has been battling an insidious form of cervical cancer since last spring.
When the standard course of radiation and chemo therapy proved inadequate to her eradicating her rare disease, Tina turned to a specialist at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and is now undergoing another experimental regimen at Cleveland Clinic.
“To know Tina is to love her,” writes her Aunt Kathlynn Brown of Aurora. “In possession of a gentle spirit, she is full of grace and kindness.
“Her Hakuna Matata [No Worries from “The Lion King”] philosophy continues to be her mantra. She is determined and strong and confronts her illness with courage and a positive attitude. She finds beauty and joy in every day. Tina is embraced by many angels.”
Brown said two of Tina’s best angels — Barb Regets from Aurora, with the help of Bob Earley — hosted the successful musical event which will help pay for some of the mounting bills, but Tina’s fight continues.
If you missed the concert and would like to help, or if you enjoyed the party and want to help more, contributions can be sent directly to the Tina Mazzotta Fund by visiting
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America is a traveling country, and the history of our nation rests within the stories

of our travels. From immigration to migration, covered wagons to vacation car trips, our history is filled with the stories of people leaving everything behind to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean.
Aurora Historical Society’s museum will host special Smithsonian Institution exhibition “Journey Stories” from March 16 to April 5 that honors the tales of our travels.
Everyone is invited to the grand opening of “Journey Stories” March 13 at 6:30 p.m. It will feature great American storyteller Mark Twain, as presented by a talented re-enactor. The event will take place in Aurora Community Theatre and the museum. Tickets are $5 per person.
The exhibit will be open to the public during regular museum hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As part of the festivities, the society will co-host an American Girl Doll Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. March 29. Tickets at $5 per person are limited. Register early by visiting or calling 330-995-3336.
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“Discover the Treasures” is the theme of the Friends of the Library’s spring book sale. Members only get first choice March 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. Memberships can be purchased at the door. The sale opens to the public March 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower level gallery of the library building.
Amazing prices include children’s paperbacks for 25 cents and kids hardbacks for 50 cents; adult hardback novels, mysteries, biographies, cook books, art, travel, nonfiction and more as low as $1 with newer releases and gently used premium hardbacks from $3. Adult paperbacks are 50 cents, VCRs 10 cents, CDs 25 cents and DVDs #1.
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